2,4-Dichloro-5-(1-o-carboranylmethyl)-6-methylpyrimidine: A Potential Synthon for 5-(1-o-Carboranylmethyl)pyrimidines

Robert C. Reynolds, Todd Trask, W. David Sedwick

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The synthesis of 2,4-dichloro-5-(1-o-carboranylmethyl)-6-methylpyrimidine is described. Synthetically, this novel o-carboranyl pyrimidine is approached from ethyl 2-acetyl-4-pentynoate through alkylation of ethyl acetoacetate with propargyl bromide and subsequent condensation with thiourea to yield 6-methyl-5-(2-propynyl)-2-thio-4(1H,3H)-pyrimidinone. Hydrolysis of the 2-thione and chlorination with POCl3 gives 2,4-dichloro-6-methyl-5-(2-propynyl)pyrimidine. Gentle refluxing of this product with B10H14/CH3CN in toluene yields the target, 2,4-dichloro-5-(1-o-carboranylmethyl)-6-methylpyrimidine, a potential synthon for a variety of 2,4-substituted 5-(1-o-carboranylmethyl)-6-methylpyrimidines and/or the corresponding nido-undecaborates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2391-2395
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Mar 1 1991

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  • Organic Chemistry


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